Heartley Then & Now

As we near Heartley’s first birthday, we get to reflect on his growth over the past year and all his accomplishments! Heartley arrived in St. Louis, Missouri on May 31, 2019 as a tiny 10 pound bundle of fluff. His volunteer puppy raiser, Cathy, remembers her first impression of Heartley, “He was sweet, calm, peaceful […]

How Bogo Stays Healthy

If there is one thing every volunteer puppy raiser has in common, it’s the desire to ensure a long and happy life for the puppy they are raising. As Bogo prepares for matriculation in May, his puppy raiser is focusing on ways to keep him healthy so he is ready for professional training! The right […]

Bogo next to bag of dog food

Penguin Loves Playtime

When you are a puppy, the world is an exciting place. You experience many things for the first time and your favorite toy one minute can be replaced quickly by the stuffed animal peeking out of the toy basket. When you are a Canine Companions puppy, you get to experience even more of the world, […]

Weather woman pets yellow Canine Companions puppy

Zari Moves On and Dom Grows Up

Puppy Zari is about to say goodbye! Zari has been with her volunteer puppy raiser, Laura, for nearly two years now and is getting prepared to turn in for professional training in just a few weeks – on Valentine’s Day! Luckily for Laura, Zari’s little brother, puppy Dom, has plenty of love to give and […]

Canine Companions puppy Dom laying over the top of Zari

Now We Are One: The Importance of Personal Development

Wes hit a major milestone for any Canine Companions® puppy (or human for that matter). He celebrated his very first birthday! Birthdays are full of fun and often a special treat, but they also tend to make you think about what the next year will bring and how to work on a little bit of […]

Heartley’s New Year’s Resolutions

People aren’t the only ones setting New Year’s resolutions this year… Canine Companions puppy Heartley has some big goals for 2020! This year, Heartley is working on ignoring his cat sister Michi when it’s time to learn commands. Heartley is learning the importance of staying on task even when he wants to play. Heartley’s second […]

A Year in Review and an Eye on the Future

We have much to be thankful for as we begin a new year, especially the life-changing powers of our assistance dogs and the work of our volunteer puppy raisers. At the beginning of 2019, Bogo was just a fluffy puppy with four small paws, and one BIG dream. It’s hard to believe how much he has […]

Bogo with Publix bags

‘Tis the Season

There is something in the air around the holidays that makes it a magical time for humans and puppies alike. Surrounded by new sights, sounds, smells and people, the holidays are full of fun and Penguin got to experience that first hand. What better way to help a future assistance dog learn good behavior than […]

Penguin with a penguin

Zari gets a baby brother…

…and yes, it’s a puppy! Zari has been learning and practicing commands since she was a little ball of fluff, and now she’s just a few months away from entering professional training in Santa Rosa, California at the Jean and Charles Schulz Campus of Canine Companions®. Zari’s mom recently had her final litter of puppies […]

Canine Companions puppies Zari and Dom

Warm Wishes from Wes

Canine Companions® puppy Wes is gearing up for the holidays after a wonderful Thanksgiving with his family and friends. We asked Wes what he’s most grateful for now that 2019 is coming to the end. Through his puppy raisers Christa and Steve, Wes wants to share his gratitude—including for toys. “Wes is most grateful to […]

Canine Companions puppy Wes wearing a tie, collar and cuffs